Siemens Equips New KIA Automobile Plant


Siemens Equips New KIA Automobile Plant with Power Distribution Technology

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Siemens Equips New KIA Automobile Plant with Power Distribution Technology

Hyundai Engineering Mexico awarded Siemens an order to install power distribution technology in a new automobile plant in Mexico being built by KIA Motors, a Korean automotive manufacturer. The order includes all electrical equipment relating to the substation for the electrical distribution network in the factory. The scope of delivery includes the medium- and low-voltage switchgear, the medium- and low-voltage transformers, and two capacitor banks. A secure, stable power supply will ensure uninterrupted operation in the highly automated plant. The plant is expected to commence operation in May 2016. The order volume for Siemens amounts to around US$12 million.

Automotive manufacturer KIA Motors, based in Seoul, South Korea, is constructing a new factory in the Pesquería Municipality of the state of Nuevo León in Mexico. The new factory will build cars for the domestic and the U.S. market. The KIA models "Forte" and "Sorento" will be the first to roll off the assembly line. KIA entrusted the company Hyundai Engineering Mexico with planning and construction of the new plant. Hyundai commissioned Siemens with delivery and installation of all power distribution technology for the new factory. The scope of delivery includes ten 13.8 kV and 7.2 kV NXAir medium-voltage switchgear, 38 medium- and low-voltage Geafol cast-resin transformers, 35 FC low-voltage switchgear, and two 13.8 kV capacitor banks to reduce the transient overvoltages and ensure an even voltage distribution. Siemens can ensure a secure, stable power distribution in the plant thanks to its consistent, end-to-end products. This approach avoids voltage fluctuations in the plant's distribution network that could cause errors in the automation technology, resulting in the temporary standstill of entire machines.

One reason why Siemens was awarded the contract was because it is able to supply all electrical components from a single source and the Siemens subsidiary in Mexico is able to provide on-site support. Siemens manufactured the products for the new automobile plant in seven factories in five different countries. The delivery time took just six months.


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